March 13, 2017

Book Review: Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Publication Date: March 14, 2017

Source: Netgalley

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life.

Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But has he really changed? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?

With Never Let You Go, Chevy Stevens delivers a chilling, twisting thriller that crackles with suspense as it explores the darkest heart of love and obsession.

Never Let You Go captured me once it was clear the Lindsey was no TSTL protagonist.  There is never a time when the reader wants to throw the book at the wall because its heroine makes stupid choices or refuses to see the danger in front of her. From the first chapter on, Stevens assures us that Lindsey is a strong, sensible and capable woman who does everything she’s supposed to at the first inkling of something wrong. “Everything she’s supposed to” – and yet time and again dark obsession finds her and refuses to let go.

 The novel opens with Lindsey enjoying an independent and satisfying life 10 years after her abusive husband got sent away to prison. But now he’s out and he has come straight to the island she and her daughter have been enjoying as refuge.

The reader knows that a dangerous confrontation is inevitable but the how the story gets there is an uneasy and twist-filled journey. Safe to say – I was on the edge of my seat, reading as fast as possible to get to the final act. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, just when you think you know all there is to know – the story gathers speed and races to its deadly denouement. 

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